San Carlos by Neil Forsyth
Neil Forsyth’s sixth novel is set in 1989 – in the days of Wimpy, Teletext, Diana and Fergie. Initially San Carlos’ plot doesn’t quite work. Location: Ibiza. Fair enough. Never been there, but it's intriguing enough. Male protagonist: Craig. He’s jetted over from Peterborough and is a former British fascist living under the Witness Protection Scheme. Female protagonist: Ana - looking for a former World War Two Nazi commander who haunts her family’s past.
The book starts slowly with Craig in Ibiza for a week, while Hungarian Ana’s been searching the island for six months. But as things begin to unravel it all gets a lot more interesting as these two very different individuals meet and look for answers away from home. Ironically, Craig is trying to hide from his past, while Ana’s looking to uncover hers. Eventually, the book becomes a page-turner. It may not be revolutionary but it’s an entertaining read perfect if you’re jetting off to a sizzling sunny-spot. But if you’re reading at home please be warned: once you’ve finished San Carlos you’ll be drooling for a taste of sun, sea and sand.